Yvonne M. Karn, A.S.A. , Senior Accredited Member of American Society of Appraisers can provide asset valuation for attorneys and lawyers for the purpose of donation, foreclosure, estate planning, bankruptcy, pricing, insurance claims and division of assets for trusts and estates.
With over 30 years experience in selling antiques, fine art and residential contents she has first hand knowledge of valuable antiques, fine art and residential contents. She has, through her appraisal and estate sale business, acquired a large database of experts that she can call upon for information not available to the general public. This connection to experts is necessary to acquire the history and identification of certain objects.
She can provide disposition of collections for attorney clients who choose to sell one item or an entire estate due to death, divorce, relocation, bankruptcy, foreclosure, illness or admission to a nursing home.
Often the lawyer is not familiar with the contents of a client’s home. When settling an estate and distributing household contents of a home equitably, Yvonne can provide a walk through to indicate items of value that should be appraised.
Prior to the attorney forming a trust or writing a will for their client it is important that the attorney’s client know what is valuable in their home. As a preliminary step Yvonne Karn can provide a walk through to indicate what should be appraised and then appraise those items at the direction of the client.
So many heirs find that the items their parents thought to be of little or no value are of considerable value at their death. It is better judgment to be informed than to sell a valuable asset for little or nothing after the death of their family member. For example a $10,000 teddy bear was stored among stuffed animals of little or no value. That teddy bear could have been sold for 50 cents if the heirs had not hired an expert appraiser to view the contents of the residence prior to the estate sale.